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There was a aentleman in tlie 
West of Enirlaiid, who married a 
very virtuouts lady, but having n<» 



cliildren for several years, they were 
discontent, and foolishly upbraided 
each other, not duly considering that 
what God either gives to or witholds 
from us, is always best in the end. 

Some years after this they had a 
son, and the year following- another; 
the name of the elder was Harry, and 
the other was named Thomas, whom 
they loved even to an excess ; for 
w^hatever Harry and Tommy wished 
for, they had it ; and as their parents 
never contradicted them themselves, 
for fear they should cry, so neither 
would they allow any one to check 
them on any account ; for they loved 
them even to a fault, and allowed 
them their will and their way in every 

Harry was a sullen, perverse boy 

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from his cradle, and having always i 

had his will, he would go to school, j 

or stay at home, just as he pleased, I 

or he would cry and sob at a great - 

rate ; and for fear this should make ! 

poor Harry sick and out of order, the j 

fond parents consent to let him do ^ 
as his own fancy directs ; so that he 

at last minds nothing but play, hates ,; 

his book, and always cries when hs \ 

is desired to read or go to school. | 

In short, Harry is now seven years | 

of age, and can scarcely read a verse f 

in the bible, or a sentence in any | 

common book ; and now his over- \ 

fond parents begin to see their own ' 

folly, and are afraid to tell each other | 

what they think concerning him. ■ 


As for Tommy, he was quite of ( 

anot'^VT temper; for though he would I 


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77o\v and then cry and be naughty, 
yet he rainded what his parents $a\d 
to him ; he loved his book and his 
school, and was so good-natured, plea- 
sant and mannerly, that all his friends 
took notice of him ; the neighbours 
ioved him, and every body praised 
him because he was a good-natured 
cliild, nnd very dutiful and obliging. 


Harry, indeed, minds nothing but 
idling and playing about the streets, 
with any sort of boys_, and it is now 
very difficult to get him to school, 
nor can his pareiits prevail upon him 
by any means to mind his learning; 
and therefore it is agreed upon to put 
them both to some good boarding- 
school ; and accordingly their father 
provided a master, one that bore an 
extraordinary character for his ability^ 


care, and sobriety, which it appeared 
he deserved, by the improvement that 
Tommy made under him, in the sev- 
eral branches of learning, to the salis- 
faction of his parents. 

As for Harry, though he behaved 
pretty well for some time, yet he 
showed his sullen, perverse temper, 
and made very little improvement in 
his learning ; for he went on his old 
way, and played only with rude and 
wicked boys like himself, who in a 1 
short time learned him to swear and 
lie, and some say to steal ; and he 
was very often angry, and would 
quarrel with his brother Tommy, 
because he would not play with them. 
But Tommy told him plainly he 
would never play at all, rather than 
play with such wicked, swearing 
bovs ; " for," said he, they will be 


your ruin, brother Harry, and you 
know it grieves poor papa and mam- 
ma." " 1 don't care for that/' said 
naughty Harry. — " O, fie ! fie ! bro- 
ther Harry/' said Tommy, how 
often you have been told, that don't 
care has brought may a one to an ill 
end." I don't care for that nei- 
ther," said the little churl : and thus 
he went on, as you will soon hear, 
till don't care was his ruin at last. 

Tommy and Harry, being now 
grown up, are taken from school ; 
and it begins to be high time to think 
how they may live in the world with- 
out their parents. 

Tommy, indeed, is a very good 
boy ; he alwayg counted learning a 

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fine th'm^, and he still t;il;es delight 
in it, and pursues it : but Harry con- 
tinues much the same ; for he is near 
fourteen years of age, and is no other 
than a wicked boy, and a great over- 
grown dunce* 

He hates his brother Tommy, be- 
cause he loves his book, and is spolien 
well of; but Tommy pities him, and 
gives him always good advice, but to 
iio purpose, for he is bent upon be- 
mfr bad, and bad it seems he will be; 
iivoi- can his father, mother, or friends 
make him any better at present. In 
short, Tommy is now the joy and 
comfort of his parents ; but Hany 
grieves them so much, that they know 
not as yet how to proceed with him ; 
nor is there but one way left by which 
they have any hopes to serve him, 
and make them all happy. 



The gentleman had a brother, a 
reputable tradesman in London ; and 
it was proposed to put Harry to his 
uncle. The uncle agrees to the pro- 
posal : Harry also seems well pleased 
at it; and now his parents promise 
themselves great comfort in their own 
and his future happiness. 

About a year after Harry was at 



London^ Tommy went to see hin], 
and behaved so well all the time hs 
was there that a merchant, who used 
to visit his uncle, took a threat flincy 
to him, and barely for his learninjr 
and good behaviour took him appren- 

Harry went on pretty well for two 
years; he would indeed now and then 
show his sullen, perverse temper, 
bnt his uncle and aunt winked at his 
follies, hid his faults, and forgave 
him, for the sake of his worthy pa- 

Now comes the trial for Tommy 
and Harry: there mother is taken 
very ill, and is confined to her bed; 
she often speaks of Tommy and Har- 
ay, but seems to have Harry most at 
heart, for fear he should not do well. 



Not long after this, a letter comes 
to acquaint them of the death of their 
mother; and now Harry's uncle talks to 
him again very sedately and tenderly. 

"You see, Harry," says lie, "that 
you have lost your best friend ; but, 
iiotwithstandin'i;, if you behave so- 
berly, mind your business, keep good 
company, and good hours, 1 will 
take care of you, will be a good friend 
to you, and make you a man in the 

Harry, upon the news of his mo- 
ther's death, seemed very much con- 
cerned, for he knew she was a very 
tender mother, and promised very 
fairly to mend his way of life ; but 
that which had a greater effect upon 
Harry, was the pretty way in which 
his brother Tommy addressed him. 



He talked m so mild and manly a 
manner to his brother Harry, and 
gave him such good advice, that he 
got the good -will of his uncle and 
aunt, and surprised all who heard 

Harry, after this, goes on pretty 
well for some months, and then gets 
into his old ways again. He has now 
quite forgotten the death of his mo- 
ther ; and, in short, has taken up 
with such idle, wicked companions, 
as are bent only upon mischief, and 
are never sorry but when they do 
good : they give him bad advice, and 
tell him when his father is dead he 
will have a good fortune ; and, say 
they, " I would not be checked by 
my uncle, nor all the uncles in the 
world." " I will not," says the wick- 
ed, unguarded fooi, " for as soon <is 



my father dies I will go away." 
" That's right/' say they, " you are 
a fool if you don't." " I will, I will," 
5ays he. 

Harry, by the bad counsel of o- 
thers, still goes on in wickedness to 
such a height, that his uncle is o- 
bliged to send word to his father, 
that he cannot possibly keep him 
much longer. The death of their 
mother, and the bad course of Harry's 
life, had such an effect upon the poor 
old gentleman, that he soon after fell 
ill and died. 

He left Tommy indeed the chief 
part of his fortune ; and though Har- 
ry (lid not deserve a shilling, yet so 
tender was he that he left him five 


hundred pounds, hoping still that 
through the care of his uncle, and his 
own future conduct, he nvaht be 

^ Harry, being now of age, and hav- 
ing received his fortune,' instead of 
mnuling his unde and broiher, con- 
tmues to follow bad comp?iny ; and 
now, having- money, he is persuaded 
and foolishly persuades himself tliat 
he can live better from his uncle than 
^vith him ; therefore is re^o1ve(t that 
his uncle's and brother's advice shall 
never do liim good, for he never 
comes near them. 

In short, Harry's delight is only in 
his old wicked acquaintance ; and he 
has besides these seme new rakes, 
who wish him joy in his fortune, artd 
he Ukes it i^s a ^reat maik of thtjr 



favour, and is fool enough to treat 
them, because they rail at his uncle 
and brother and tell him, that his fa- 
ther was an old scoundrel for leaving 
him no more; all which the fool hears 
with a smile, swears it is true, and 
tells these vultures that they are the 
best friends he has in the world, not- 
withstanding, he has already spent 
the greatest part of his fortune upon 

Here we may plainly see what a 
sad thins^ it is, for youth to bend their 
minds so much to pleasure and pastime. 

Harry cannot now go to a play or 
concert, and when it is over return 
home soberly as he used to do. No ; 
he must after that go to a tavern, or 
to some private wicked place or other, 
with a set of wicked companions- 


In short, he is now become a per. 
feet owl, for you seldom see him in 
the day-time, and when you do, he 
blinks like an owl ; nor can you find 
him at night, but by chance, but this 
you may be sure of, that he is in 
some house of ill-fame; for drinking, 

swearing, lying, gaming, and sitting 
np all night, are now his common 

Now, while foolish, wicked Harry 
IS thus wasting his time, spending 



his money, and destroymj? his repu- 
tation, Toraniy his improving his for- 
tune and his mind ; for his time be- 
in*? now out, his master loves him so 
well, that he not only takes him into 
partnership, but in a short time re- 
commends him to a virtuous wife, with 
whom he had a very handsome for- 
tune, besides a thousand pounds, 
which his master gave him ; and, we 
hear, that his master has since left all 
the trade to him, so that he has now 
become a great man. 

One thing must not be omitted, 
a? a jjreat mark of the brotherly love 
of Tommy ; and that is, that though 
he is now so prosperous, and his bro- 
ther Harry so debased by his folly, 
yet, as he found Harry would not 
come near him, he resolved, if possi- 
ble, to find him out, and talk to him 



once more concernmg his unhappy 
fe; "for who knows," said he, 
but the respect I show to my bro, 
ther may be taken so kind, that it 
may be one great step to reform 
liim? Tommy, therefore, took a 
tnend with him, for fear of dancrer 
and after a lon^r hunt found him at 
one of his old houses. 

Tommy, at first sight, did not 
know Harry, he looked so sottish and 
so shabby; nor did Harry immedi- 
ately know his brother Tommy, be- 
cause his dress and deportment were 
such as Harry and his companions 
had for a long time been strangers to. 

However, they soon knew one 
another by their tone of voice ; and 
indeed Harry had so much good man- 
ners left as to tell Tommy, that he 



took it very kind he should pay such 
a regard to him, " a respect," said 
he, before his companions, " that I 
am not worthy of." 

Now, one would think, by such 
an expression as this, that Harry was 
really sensible of his faults ; and in 
short, his brother was surprised to 
bear such a sentence from him, and 
ihought within himself, that he should 
now certainly succeed in being a 
means to save him fiom the very 
blink of ruin. 

Indeed the place was quite im- 
"proper for good advice, and much 
more so to talk over fiimily affairs ; 
therefore after Tommy had submitted 
to be agreeabls to such base company 
for an hour or two, he persuaded his 
brother Harry to go to a Uvern to 



spend an hour with him and his 
friend ; to which Harry con^nted 

Tommy, being now in a proper 
place, begins to talk to Harry very 
seriously, but yet in so tender and so 
mild a manner, that he never once 
upbraided him; only desired him, 
for his own sake, and the credit of 
his family, to change his way of life ; 
"for," says he, "the company yoii 
keep will certainly be your ruin." 
*' I don^t care for that/' exclaimed the 
hardened wretch. 

" O brother, Harry," said Tommy, 
" I have now no hopes of you ! Yet, 
as God prospered me, it is my duty 
to serve you as a brother ; I v/ill, 
therefore, make you an offer before 
this gentleman, which, if you accept 
it must certainly be for your good ; 


but if you refuse it, I fear yoii will 
repent when too late. 

" The thing is this : if you can but 
be so much master of yourself, as to 
abandon such company as we have 
now found you with, and will behave 
in a sober manner, you shall live with | 
me ; I will teach you my business, 
and you shall partake of the profits 
of it ; in short, you shall want for 
nothing." | 

Here was love indeed. Who could 
have thought Harry so mad, and so 
stupid, as not to accept so kind an 
offer ! Or who could expect but that 
he would have embraced his brother 
with tears of love and gratitude I 
histead of this, he rose up in a great 
passion, and swore like an hector, 
^ent his fist at his brother, and told 



him that he kept better company than 
he did, everyday of his life, and that 
he would never live such a lium- 
drum life as he lived ; then flew to 
the door, never took leave of the gen. 
tleman nor his brother, but ran to his 
companions, and told them all that 
had passed ; who clapped their hands, 
and received him with shouts of ap- 
plause, called for a fresh bottle, and 
spent the chief part of the night in 
drinking and carousing. 

Thus Harry goes on till he has not 
only spent all his money, but has 
also lost all his credit, reputation, and 
friends; and having been so long u- 
sed to such a lavishing, profligate way 
of life, money he still must have to 
support his extravagance and folly ; 
and yet so great is the pride of his 
heart, that, rather than accept of his 


brother Tommy's kind invitation to 
live with him and he happy, he now 
takes up with unlawful methods, and 
associates with none hut gamblers, 
shoplifters, and street-robbers ; and, 
one night, having been with some of 
the rakes of the town, they commit- 
ted a murder and a robbery ; but be- 
ing closely pursued, Harry, with four 
more of the gang, were taken and 
carried before a magistrate, who or- 
dered them to Newgate. 


Marry, however, and two olbcrs 
matle their escape, and went over sea 
in triumph, and would often lau^^h 
at the misfortune of those two that 
were left bel)ind ; and thought them- 
selves now very secure, but even thi- 
ther Divine vengeance followed them; 
for a storm arose and drove the ship 
against a rock on the coasit of Bar bu- 
ry, and, it being very dark, many of 
the crew perished, besides Harry's 
two unhappy companions. 

Harry indeed was, by the violence 
of the waves, cast upon the shore, 
but in the morning he v^^as presented 
with a shocking scene ; — a raging sea 
on one side, and a wild, desolate place 
on the other ; and having not the 
least hope of ever escaping, we may 
easil}^ guess how he talks to himself; 
— Oh," says he, that I had been 



more obedient to my parents^ and 
more grateful to my iriends ! — Oh ! 
that I could now make all wicked 
youth sensible of my sorrow^ and 
their own folly ! How would I press 
upon them to avoid all manner of ill 
company, to hearken to the instruc- 
tion of their friends, and pursue the 
paths of virtue. — Wicked wretch that 
lam! — God be merciful to me a 
sinner I" 

Thus he went on, often thinking 
Upon his old words, don't care, but 
too late ; for after roving about and 
bemoaning his unhappy fate, till be 
was almost starved to death, he 
at last became a prey to wild beasts, 
Avhich God suffered to tear him to 
pieces, as the just reward for his dis- 
obedience and mispent life. — Thus 
you sec, that as Hairy followed no-. 



thing but vice, he lived a wretched 
life, and died a miserable death ; but 
Tommy was always a pattern of vir- 
tue and goodness, and stiil lives happy. 

Learn then betimes, O youth, to 
know your duty to God, your parents, 
and mankind in general : take care 
not only to know but to do it ; and 
let the examples of Tommy and 
Harry be always before you, so that 
you may escape the just judgment of 
the one, and enjoy peace and pros- 
perity equal to the other. 

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